Planning controls

Planning controls

Do I need approval?

Department of Planning and Environment has information about exempt and complying development that can be done without planning approval from the City. It also has an interactive buildings tool showing changes you can make without planning or building approval.

Plans and policies

Our plans and policies provide an urban planning framework for development and conservation with the City of Sydney local area.

Local environmental plans

Planning instruments that apply within the City's local area.

Development control plans

Control plans that apply within the City's local area.

Planning controls map

Shows the areas of the City that come under different planning authorities and development control plans.

Development policies

Development policies provide additional information and guidance to the controls contained within local environmental plans and development control plans. 

Development contributions

Some developments may require a financial contribution towards the cost of new and upgraded amenities for the people who will live and work in the development.

Affordable housing contributions

Some development in Green Square, Ultimo/Pyrmont and the employment lands may require a contribution towards the cost of providing affordable housing.

Planning agreements

Planning agreements (also commonly referred to as voluntary planning agreements or VPAs) form one part of the City's developer contribution system. Draft planning agreements are exhibited on this page.

Travel plans

A travel plan should be considered as a site management tool for developers that provides incentives for people to make more sustainable transport choices.

Draft plans and current studies

The City's current development related draft plans and studies.

Last updated: Friday, 1 July 2016